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How to Get a UPC Code

Watch more How to Start a Business videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to get a UPC Code with these easy instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: GS1 In the U.S., visit the nonprofit group GS1 at to be assigned a UPC for your product. Tip If you are in Canada, visit the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada. Step 2: Apply Apply for a UPC by clicking on the "Apply Now" button. Follow the prompts to complete the application process. Tip Many of the questions in the application will ask you for 12-month projections -- it's okay to guesstimate. Step 3: Pay Pay the application fee and an initial fee. You will also be responsible for an annual $150 membership maintenance fee. Tip If your funds are limited, some companies will resell you a UPC code for less than $100. This is a good option for a small retailer, but not for a larger one. Step 4: Wait for your kit Wait for your member kit to be e-mailed to you. Once your application is approved, you will receive the first few digits of your UPC, and you will provide the rest. Now label your product, and get ready to sell! Did You Know? The first item ever scanned with a UPC code was a 10-pack of Wrigley's chewing gum on June 26, 1974. It was scanned at Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
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